And the award for Calgary corporate philanthropy goes to...

Posted on Apr 07, 2014

CBC Calgary and Suncor energy have been helping feed Calgarians for 27 years. They come together every Christmas in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Raising a million dollars annually, these two teams work together to create some big results. Check out some stories from clients, donors and staff.  )

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Industry Supporting Community Part II

Posted on Feb 07, 2014

  Our last blog talked about some of the reasons that the food industry might donate their products to food banks. In this blog, we continue the discussion about receiving that support - and more specifically, Best Before and Expiration Dates. At times, the Calgary Food Bank will receive food that is coded past its Best Before date and have to make the call on whether these items...

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Industry Supporting Community

Posted on Jan 24, 2014

 In a recent article by Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF), we see the profound impact that the food industry has on helping to fight food insecurity. Following the High River floods, Cargill, in partnership with CAF, was able to donate funds to stock shelves and replace equipment for the town’s Food Bank.In Canada, a first-world country, there are still nearly 1 million people...

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The Food Bank Warehouse

Posted on Jan 21, 2014

It may not sound exciting, but the Calgary Food Bank bought some cool new stuff pretty recently that will help us to keep doing what we do.Forklifts move 16 million pounds of food to where it needs to go every year. With this mechanical addition to manpower, the food ends up where it is needed most: in the hands of Food Bank clients. New batteries for our forklifts mean that we aren’t doing an...

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A New Year

Posted on Jan 03, 2014

2013 not only marked our 30th anniversary supporting the Calgary community, it was also a trying year in the midst of the devastating floods in Southern Alberta and an early winter with record snowfall. The past year also saw the most amazing support from individuals, businesses and volunteers. The generous donations of time, food and funds ensured we could provide emergency food to all of...

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A Holiday Story

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

It was a difficult moment for Pamela* when she contacted the Calgary Food Bank this December. For the widowed, single mom of three, the past year had its immense personal struggles. With the holidays approaching, she knew there would not be enough.  The early cold and subsequent increased heating bill had taken a toll on her meager budget. Weekly groceries are a struggle; never mind the...

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Pearl Malone: Canadian Citizen

Posted on Dec 10, 2013

 Food Bank volunteer Pearl Malone is now a Canadian Citizen! Pearl, who was born in Ireland and grew up in England, became a Canadian just last week.Pearl, a warehouse volunteer on Wednesdays, is known amicably by Volunteer Resources for being reliable, versatile in switching roles on a dime, and respectful to clients. She has been with the Food Bank since 2008.“I’m not going anywhere!” said...

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Our Holiday Wish List

Posted on Dec 06, 2013

The Calgary Food Bank is gearing up for our busiest time of year, preparing to feed thousands of hungry Calgarians throughout the month of December and over the holidays. If you are considering a donation of food, take note of our most needed holiday items. We provide these items in our emergency hampers with the goal of guaranteeing seven days of nutrition for each person. In addition to these...

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Mayor's Food Drive Kick-off 2013

Posted on Nov 29, 2013

On Friday, November 22, members of the community, media, and corporate Calgary all came out for some (fierce!) friendly competition for a good cause.The 25th annual Mayor’s Food Drive, which was kicked off at Whitehorn Safeway, had competitors collect most-needed Food Bank items and build some very elaborate snowmen (complete with props!) out of them. All of the food collected was donated to the...

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Root Vegetables

Posted on Nov 25, 2013

Here at the Food Bank, we love root vegetables! Why, you may ask? Well, for one, they’re delicious. They’re also carb-loaded and very filling. They don’t need to be refrigerated, just stored somewhere dark.  And, as a recent Canadian Press article featured in the Calgary Herald pointed out, they can be grown locally without a compromise in food quality, and enjoyed a vast number of ways. But...

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